Chocolate Cake Day

Chocolate Cake Day January 27

Along with the holidays one might expect to see, my planner has a few other special days listed. This Friday, January 27 is Chocolate Cake day.

I love chocolate cake. This past weekend I had a chocolate lovers cake for my birthday. It was yummy.

One of my all-time favorite types of cake is chocolate cake made with cocoa, and topped with homemade boiled icing.

Gosh, I haven’t had boiled icing in forever. Humm…maybe I will have to make the recipe below this week.

7 Minute Icing (Boiled Icing)

2 unbeaten egg white
1 1/2 cup fine granulated sugar
1/3 cup cold water
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients in top of double boiler and stir until sugar is dissolved. Place over rabidly boiling water and beat with a rotary beater until it is still enough to stand up in peaks (about 7 minutes) and icing is thick enough to spread.

During cooking, keep sides of double boiler cleaned down with a spatula or rubber wiper.

Cocoa Cake

½ cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ cup cocoa
2 cups sour milk

Cream butter until soft and creamy and add vanilla while creaming. Gradually add sugar and beat until mixture is light and fluffy. Beat eggs until foamy, and add gradually to fat/sugar mixture, beating thoroughly. Mix flour, salt, baking soda and cocoa in separate bowl. Mix thoroughly. Add ingredients alternately with milk, making 3 or 4 additions beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Stir gently and quickly until batter is well blended, but do not over-mix. Spread carefully into well-greased 9-inch square cake pan and bake in moderate over (350 – 375 degrees F) for 50-60 minutes. Allow baked cake to “set” for 15-20 minutes before removing from pan. Cool and spread with desired icing.

About Linda O'Toole

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